Celebration Express - William "Washboard Bill" Cooke

238835
Date
1980
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video recording. (1/2" tape; 7 minutes) David Holt discusses W. Palm Beach, "Washboard" Bill and David Holt play music together (on washboard and spoons), "Washboard Bill" discusses coming to Palm Beach County.
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
V88-1

Picture taken for a souvenir book of Tanney Berjeron putting a halter on a horse

124263
Date
Not after 1970
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FT8836

Washboard Bill Cooke performing at the 1992 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage)

237030
Date
1992-05-23
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. Crider served as the emcee. Cooke was born in Dupont, just south of St. Augustine, on 4 July. His mother ran a jook joint, where he was first exposed to music and dance. He hoboed, played street music, worked for railways, and played at nightclubs in South Florida.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T92-83

End of William "Washboard Bill" Cooke's washboard showing a photograph of him

111210
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5424

William "Washboard Bill" Cooke poses with his washboard and cymbals

111211
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5425

Washboard Bill Cooke playing "street music" - White Springs, Florida

123584
Date
1992
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS921110

Washboard Bill Cooke playing "street music" - White Springs, Florida

123586
Date
1992
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS921112

White Springs FFA String Band performing at the 1959 Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

115177
Date
1959
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP516176

"Washboard Bill" Cooke at the 1995 Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

105825
Date
1995
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
F201844

Musicians performing at Church of God of Prophecy- Miccosukee, Florida

115445
Date
1981
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP8218

William "Washboard Bill" Cooke with his intruments

111213
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5427

"Washboard" Bill Cooke interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239375
Date
1993-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassette recordings. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. On C93-3, Cooke tells stories about traveling the railroads as a hobo during the 1930s; beginning his career as a washboard musician after World War II in 1946; problems with living in Palm Beach; and working for the Seaboard Air Line R...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-3
Item ID
C93-4

Interview with Washboard Bill Cooke

236880
Date
1987-08-10
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. Recorded at his home. Born in Dupont, just south of St. Augustine, on 4 July. His mother ran a jook joint, where he was first exposed to music and dance. He hoboed, played street music, worked for railways, and played at nightclubs in South Florida. In the interviews, he discus...
Type
Sound

Interview with Washboard Bill Cooke about his music

236882
Date
1987-07-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Recorded at his home. Born in Dupont, just south of St. Augustine, on 4 July. His mother ran a jook joint, where he was first exposed to music and dance. He hoboed, played street music, worked for railways, and played at nightclubs in South Florida. In the interviews, he discuss...
Type
Sound

William "Washboard Bill" Cooke poses with his instruments

111209
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5423

Folklife People: Washboard Bill Cooke

274005
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
William "Washboard Bill" Cooke was born in Dupont, Florida, on July 4, 1905. He was known as a percussionist, as well as a captivating storyteller rooted in the minstrel tradition. During Cooke's childhood, his mother operated a juke joint in Dupont. The young Cooke would secretly stay up past his b...
Type
interactive resource

Washboard Bill Cooke

236935
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One proof sheet with 25 black and white images (plus negatives); and five back and white prints. Used for the 1993 Florida Folk Festival booklet. Cooke was a former hobo and street performer who later performed at several South Florida nightclubs, singing and playing the washboard and ukelele. He wo...
Type
Still Image

Washboard Bill Cooke promotional photograph

236937
Date
1960
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One black and white print. A promotional photograph for Cooke. Born in Dupont, just south of St. Augustine, on 4 July. His mother ran a jook joint, where he was first exposed to music and dance. He hoboed, played street music, worked for railways, and played at nightclubs in South Florida. In the in...
Type
Still Image

Folk Heritage Award Recipients at the 1992 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage)

237033
Date
1992-05-23
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. Crider served as the emcee. Recipients of the FHA in 1992 were Washboard Bill Cooke; Jean and Bill Hewitt (leaders of the Friends of Florida Folk); fiddler Julian "Goose" Culbreath; gospel singing group The Versiteers; Dr. Lydia Cabrera; and Charlie Lewis. Folklorists Mil...
Type
Sound
Item ID
T92-85
Item ID
T92-86

"Washboard" Bill Cooke interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (Second interview)

239388
Date
1993-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. The tape stops and starts intermittently. Cooke tells stories about busking and buck dancing. Members of the Gandy Dancers can be heard in the background. Cooke tells various stories from his life, including being locked up in Waycross, Georgi...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-24

Folklife Genre: Cajun & Zydeco

273957
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
The term "Cajun" is a slang nickname for the descendants of the French Acadians, who settled in southern Louisiana in the 18th century. Zydeco is a form of dance music developed by black Creoles in the same region. The term "creole" has varying meanings depending on time period and location, but in ...
Type
interactive resource

Washboard Bill Cooke story: A Hobo's Birthday

236883
Date
1988-01-02
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. Cooke telling a story of travelling on trains on his birthday during the Great Depression. Born in Dupont, just south of St. Augustine, on 4 July. His mother ran a jook joint, where he was first exposed to music and dance. He hoboed, played street music, worked for railways, and...
Type
Sound

"Washboard" Bill Cooke interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239380
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. On C93-16, Cooke, born in Dupont, Fla., gives a history of his early life and family. He discusses his early experiences of hoboing and tells stories about hitchhiking in Florida. He details his educational experiences, including dropping out ...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-17
Item ID
C93-16

Friday performances at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival (Stage III) (Tape 1)

240521
Date
05/28/1993
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Sound
Item ID
D93-32

Folklife Subject: Storytelling

274023
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Storytelling has always been a favorite method of keeping old knowledge and traditions alive. Some stories are historical in nature, while others are geared more toward moral lessons or explaining natural phenomena. Whatever the topic, storytelling is a craft that thrives on embellishments, dramatic...
Type
interactive resource

Saturday performances at the 1997 Florida Folk Festival (Azalea Stage) (Tape 14)

239877
Date
1997-05-24
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette recordings. Murphy's Law consisted of Bob, Kathy, Seamus and Katie on guitar, banjo, steel triangle, washboard vest and fiddle alternately.
Type
Sound
Item ID
C97-47

Performers at the 1995 Florida Folk Festival

234260
Date
1995-05-27
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One proof sheet with thirty-six black and white images. Various performers at the 1995 Florida Folk Festival. 2-13: Bill "Washboard" Cook; 14-22: Spiffs International Childrens Ensemble; 23-26: Peace Creek Review; 27-28: Yarko Antoneych, Ukranian American; 29-36: Friends of Tammy Murry (bluegrass).
Type
Still Image

New Sand Mountain Wildcats performing at the 1990 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage)

237336
Date
1990-05-27
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. Walker served as emcee. The group consisted of Ernie Williams (banjo); T.J. Wangerman (mandolin/fiddle); Dennis Devine (guitar); Rochelle Morris (washboard/vocals); and Rob Levine (washtub bass).
Type
Sound
Item ID
T90-145

Cajun Music and Dance Workshop at the 1989 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage)

237401
Date
1989-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two reel to reel recordings. Devine served as emcee. Massey and Ruark were the dance intsructors. The band consisted of Bob Stone (fiddle); Mike Ayers (mandolin); Judy Trotta (washboard); Guy Burke (guitar); and Mike Stapleton (accordion).
Type
Sound
Item ID
T89-37
Item ID
T89-38

Washboard Bill Cooke

236698
Date
1987-08-10
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Nine color slides. The Folk Arts in Education Project in Palm Beach County was a joint venture between the Palm Beach County School System and the Florida Folklife Program. It was conducted between 1986 and 1987 by folklorist Jan Rosenberg with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to add...
Type
Still Image

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